2023 Wye Valley & Hereford
Quintessential EnglandEnjoy Hereford, a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful rolling scenery flanking the England/Wales border. The area is dotted with fascinating castle ruins and it also offers many delightful quaint villages. Discover the charm of this pleasant city - dominated by its cathedral - together with a discovery tour through the wonderful sights of the Wye Valley.
PRICE FROM ? £559 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Quintessential EnglandDay 1 After joining your holiday coach, relax and enjoy the scenery as you head through the charming Cotswolds. Make a stop in Burford with its famous High Street which sweeps downhill towards the River Windrush, its medieval bridge and impressive church. Both sides of the street are flanked by an unbroken line of ancient houses and shops. Onward to check into your hotel just outside Hereford - 4 nights with breakfast & dinner.
Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Hereford with 2 included excursions and one optional excursion (or a leisure day in Hereford)
Ludlow & Leominster
Head off to lovely Ludlow - a delightful small town in south Shropshire, very near the border with Wales. The bustling open-air market is held every Wednesday in Ludlow town square with over forty stalls offering fresh produce, cheeses, books and local crafts. You may like to visit the impressive Ludlow Castle, dating back to 1085 (admission applies - approx. £8 pp in 2022) or just relax at the popular Millennium Green. Ludlow's townscape, based on the original medieval town plan, has fine examples of architecture from the Medieval, Tudor and Georgian periods. Return to Hereford with a stop in Leominster and meander around its historic streets including Drapers Lane with its medieval overhangs before arriving at The Square which is surrounded by black and white buildings. There are antique shops at every turn!
Ross-on-Wye & Symonds Yat
Embraced by the River Wye, hilly Ross-on-Wye is an inviting place to potter. With its picturesque location and stunning 17th century Market Hall and Tudor timbered houses, it’s hardly surprising Ross-on-Wye is regarded as one of the loveliest towns in the UK. You can browse independent shops, saunter alongside the town’s 19th-century mock-Gothic walls and Gazebo Tower folly and admire pastel-hued dwellings tumbling down the hillside to the river. The spire of St Mary's church has shaped the town's skyline for over 700 years. Head onto the renowned beauty spot of Symonds Yat, one of the most iconic and beautiful locations in the Dean Wye. The coach can take you to Symonds Yat West where you will find the Butterfly Zoo, Riverside Bar and it is from here that you board your included 40 minute cruise along the River Wye (subject to river conditions). There are steps with handrails to board
Free Day in Hereford
Hereford is the Cathedral City with the relaxed atmosphere of a country market town. Its origin dates back to Saxon times and today visitors delight in the harmony of a rich heritage and modern facilities. The Black and White House Museum is a beautifully conserved 17th century house, furnished in period style. (Small admission charge applies and not included). Make sure to drop into Hereford's grand cathedral, home to the magnificent Mappa Mundi, the famous medieval map which shows how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago (admission approx. £6 in 2022). Return coach transfer included into Hereford centre.
Black & White Villages Trail
Follow the scenic Black & White Villages trail to visit some of the delightful medieval villages which have some of the prettiest half-timbered buildings in the country, sitting in the midst of tranquil orchards and farmland. Eardisland is a delight with its picturesque riverside setting, Pembridge's main street is lined with beautiful timber-framed buildings of all shape and sizes and ancient Weobley feels like stepping back in time. Atmospheric lovely tearooms and cosy pubs abound.
Day 5 Depart the hotel this morning to head back to your home towns via interchange Back to top
The Three Counties Hotel, Hereford
Lovely 3* hotel standing in its own grounds just 1 mile from the historic Cathedral City of Hereford. The hotel provides a beautiful and peaceful haven for rest and relaxation. There is a restaurant, bar and lounge area. All rooms are en-suite with hairdryers, tea & coffee making facilities and room safes. Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. Over half of the bedrooms have ground floor access. A couple of disabled friendly rooms available on request. Of the 60 bedrooms, 32 are located in an annex near the main building and offer extra privacy. No lift but some grounds floor rooms Back to top